The eve of 5th of July, Saturday, when the rest of the world was looking forward to the leftover weekend, the members of Atmiya Vidya Mandir awaited a grand investiture ceremony for the year 2014-15. The ceremony started at 4:00 PM in the school prayer hall in the divine presence of God.
The hosts for the ceremony Yakshbhai and Utkarshbhai begun by welcoming the dignitaries for poojan of Thakorji. Thereafter, Himanshu Sir along with his group of young singing stars performed a beautiful song “I Believe”, which helped further instil belief in everyone present in the hall in all that needs to be done, especially in the newly elected student council members. After the song was time for the grand parade led by Arpitbhai (Headboy), followed by Vinamrabhai (Vice Headboy), Rahulbhai (sports captain), the house captains and vice captains and the most important of all, the soldiers of the student council, the prefects.
The parade brought with it a new excitement among the students and the coordination of the student council members reflected the synergy and enthusiasm with which these members shall be working for the whole year.
The liveliness of the parade was followed by honouring all the members of the Council by pinning their respective badges. Former Headboy Sachinbhai and Vice Headboy Dhwanitbhai pinned the badges to the newly elected Headboy Arpitbhai and Vice Headboy Vinamrabhai. The house conveners honoured the captains and vice captains of their respective houses and the house teachers took the opportunity of pinning the badges to the prefects.
After earning the official titles of their posts, now it was time for the council members to take oath. Our school principal, respected Vijay Sir administered the oath to them, of serving the school with their full dedication and give their best.
In the midst of the smoothly running program, came a thunder when the hosts announced for the dance group to perform. The young talents of the school led by Suhradam Sir performed a stunning dance on the song “Youngistan”. The dance filled the hall with enthusiasm and a breeze of exhilaration flowed throughout the hall. It was a really good effort and a grand performance.
And after the dance came a very important turn for the program as the newly elected Headboy walked forward to deliver his speech. Arpitbhai spoke inspiringly highlighting the key qualities of leadership by quoting incidents from the lives of Swamishree as a youth and Vijay Sir. He emphasised the need to work together as the student council is of the students, by the students and for the students.
Followed by the speech of headboy, the hosts invited respected Vijay Sir to share his precious words on the very special occasion. During his speech, Vijay Sir very nicely and clearly explained what it meant to be an AVM student and what the responsibilities were of the members of the student council. He very aptly explained that the elections at AVM were not about power but about responsibility and that leadership at AVM begins with service (seva). His speech was a true inspiration for all.
After Vijay Sir’s speech, it was time to call upon the council pillars again, now to light the ceremonial lamp for a bright year ahead. The lighting of the lamp was followed by singing of the school song under the command of the newly elected Headboy.
The program ended with the singing of school song. All in all, the very first function of the year 2014-15 gave the students, a clear idea of how important and beautiful the year ahead was going to be.
Written by – Sumit Choudhary (11 Science)